The Star (Nairobi)

20 May 2013

Kenya: Uhuru Puts 'Crime Lords' On Notice

PRESIDENT Uhuru Kenyatta has warned politicians accused of fuelling and financing crime that their days are numbered. Kenyatta said that days are numbered for such politicians and so they will face the full force of the law once arrested.

Without naming names, he said that those who will be arrested should not come to him pleading for leniency adding that he will not entertain those disrupting the usual life of the common mwananchi which later affect the economy growth.

"'I want to warn those involved that their days are numbered. I don't want anybody to come to me saying oooohhhh, I don't know it is this and that. I want to ensure that insecurity is contained in all corners of this country," he said yesterday. He was speaking in Nyeri town after attending a Sunday service at Our Lady of Consolata Catholic Cathedral Church.

During his second day of his visit in Nyeri county, Kenyatta walked around Nyeri town accompanied by Nyeri leaders acknowledging greetings from the local wananchi.

The Head of State was responding to Nyeri leaders who decried of the increasing insecurity in the country even in Nyeri county in the recent past. Some local residents in some parts of the country have accused politicians for fueling criminal activities in their areas.

Nyeri Town Member of the National Assembly Esther Murugi who was the first to fire first salvo lamented that even in Nyeri county insecurity has increased with many criminals stealing boda boda motorbikes which are used for conducting criminal activities.

Former Justice Minister Eugene Wamalwa who was present also lamented that insecurity has increased in the recent past mostly in Bungoma and Busia areas and urged the government to move up with speed.

The President said that the Government will not sit down and see Kenyans loosing lives and properties which has in turn affecting the economy of the country.

He noted that it would be hard to meet the pledges of Jubilee Manifesto if insecurity continues and so must be curbed now and forever.

At the same time Murugi and Nyeri county MP Priscilla Nyokabi urged the Head of State to create a Ministry of children, women and youth so that the three groups are catered for.

Murugi said that such a docket is very crucial to the women, children and youth who are majority population in the country. "Let us first put the interest of the common mwananchi first before hiking salaries. It is now time to work as the time for politicking is over. Let us wait for the double digit growth. We want to transform this country first," he maintained urging the MPs not to dwell much on increasing of their salaries.

Others present included Transport cabinet secretary Michael Kamau, Nyeri governor Nderitu Gachagua and government spokesman Muthui Kariuki.

Others were MPs Mary Wambui (Othaya), Ndung'u Gethenji (Tetu), Peter Weru (Mathira) and Mathenge Kanini Kega (Kieni). Wambui and Mathenge urged Kenyans to pray for the President so that the ICC Hague case can be dismissed.

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